Paperweight with representation of a palmetteBenaki Museum Shop
Reproduction of a Coptic terracotta bread stamp of the 6th-11th centuries AD with representation of a palmette. Stamping bread is a custom going back to Greco-Roman times and still continuing today. First it was used for votive offering in pagan sanctuaries, later for the consecrated bread in the Christian communion service. The motifs of Coptic bread stamps do not always reflect their Christian use; they are often taken from the wide repertory of Greco-Roman art.
Gold-plated copper replica on a marble base.
8.5 x 8.5 cm